Today is Earth Day — the perfect time for area residents to take part in local cleanup events.

In Amsterdam, a city-wide cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at City Hall to pick up garbage bags and get organized. Recreation Department Assistant Director Danielle Whelly said volunteers will be assigned to different areas of the city.

Beyond cleaning up the community, there will be other incentives to participate. Montgomery County District 9 Legislator Robert Purtell, owner of Century 21 Realty, the event’s sponsor, said volunteers will have the chance to win $100.  There will be t-shirts for the first 100 people, and children who show up will get a voucher for a free Stewart’s ice cream cone.

Elsewhere, the 12th annual Canal Clean Sweep at the Schoharie Crossing Historic Site is taking place today from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers are needed to assist members of local and state organizations who will be  picking up debris and trash around Yankee Hill Lock, 553 Queen Anne Road, in Fort Hunter.

David Brooks, education director at the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site said volunteers are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear and clothes and to bring work gloves. A limited number of free Clean Sweep t-shirts will be available and lunch will be provided to those that volunteer until noon.

Ideally, people would take pride in their community and litter wouldn’t be a problem. Unfortunately, not everyone has such an attitude. Today is an opportunity for those who care to pick up the slack. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.